Wednesday, July 31, 2013

but I changed my mind and I want to live

+ What's on: The Kids Don't Stand a Chance (Fanmix by Syncytio [aka Z])

Work continues to be work, but there've been a couple awesome things to offset that mess.

First off! Z, who've I've harassed known online for several years and who is one of the Foxhole betas, wrote an amazing, amazing story about some National Exy League ladies. Everything about it makes me so happy. Like seriously. It's called Don't Speak Against the Sun and you can find it here. Please check it out. ♥ She also put together a fanmix for the Foxes that is just all kinds of awesome. I love finding new music, especially when the songs are so perfect for the characters.

Equally exciting: you. All of you. Everyone who's read the Foxes' stories so far, everyone who's left comments here, everyone. You are all such wonderful people I don't even know what to do with you except love you half to death. ♥

Spent part of this morning fighting with the Kindle store. I uploaded The Foxhole Court, but haven't done Raven King yet. I want to make sure TFC goes through without a problem first. I got so distracted trying to get everything right I accidentally put a price on Foxhole. I can't adjust it while it's still in the "review" stage, but when it goes live I'll change that. Supposedly it'll take about 12 hours. We'll see.

I finally--finally--figured out how to change that plot point for King's Men. Means trashing part of the first chapter yet again, but then I'll be able to proceed with edits. Maybe I can finally leave the "tear hair out and smash head on desk" stage and get excited about edits again. Ha.

Uh, there was more, but I got distracted messing with a side story and completely lost my train of thought. There are two in-prog right now but not sure which one I'll finish first. I guess the order the side stories go up doesn't particularly matter, since they don't influence each other. I'd try to post them in quasi-chronological order but the two pieces I've already posted kind of hosed that up. Oops. Oh well. I'll track 'em with the fox story label.

Guess that's all for now. I'll come back if I remember what I forgot.

update Uh, so the upload worked, but when I went back to change the price to 0 it says price must be between 99c and $200. Need to figure this out. More later.

update #2 Hours later, I still haven't figured out the trick. Found articles & youtube videos about the pricing matter, but it requires the book to be Kindle Select (I'd have to withdraw the book from every ebook market save the Kindle store) and would only work as a promotional trick. Someone smarter than me have any ideas? I don't like uneven pricing; I can't have it cost on Amazon when it's free everywhere else. D:

Monday, July 22, 2013

we drink and we fight and we love just because we are numb

+ What's on: We Are Young, by 3OH!3

Sorry I've been slow to respond lately; things have taken a turn for the worse at work and it's starting to bleed into everything else. They fired three people last week, two so far this week (it's only Monday), and will probably let go of another 5-10 by the end of the month. It's an ugly combination of apathetic agents & an uncooperative client -- our client won't get us a bigger call floor, so any time a training class rolls through we free up cubicles by firing the last-ranked agents. Mgmt is also threatening to take away our breaks, which I didn't realize was legal in NC. I tell you, right-to-work states are an eye-opener for a San Francisco-transplant. It might just drive me back to drinking.

But yeah, things are getting pretty tense and everyone's looking for a way out. Haven't been able to get much writing done. I sit at the keyboard and press keys but all I write is run run run. I've been brainstorming, though, working out scenes in my head over and over ad nauseam. In the good ol' days I'd write a small m/m scene to make myself feel better. Good ol' days was before these boys' attitudes and trust issues made this the slowest relationship I'll probably ever write. (For the record, I'm sorry it's taking so long.) Now I can't even write a scene for fun without wondering how they realistically let each other in.

Anyway, enough of this. 31st I'll be off all day, so I'll tackle the Kindle store & figure out a timetable for the side stories. One or two "stories" are actually pretty short, so I might even be able to post one of 'em next week.

Anyone else wants to commiserate about work (school?) feel free to vent in the comments section. ♥

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'll wrap my hands around your neck so tight with love, love

+ What's on: Up in the Air, 30 Seconds to Mars

If this is not the most perfect song for the series' relationship I don't know what is. Seriously.

But hey! Today is Foxhole Court's six-month birthday. I don't know what's more amazing: that it's already been six months, or that it's been six months since I let go of it and I have no drive to rewrite it. Those I know from LJ understand, I think, what a milestone that is. Editing Foxes has been an obsessive need for me for so long. I'm starting to wonder what it'll be like when King's Men is out. (All the King's Men? The King's Men? It's listed a different way in Foxhole than it is in Raven; ATKM is the original title but TKM sounds better.) Will I finally finish my other projects?! The possibilities are endless. I can't wait. Oh my god.


Foxhole is six months old, and Raven King is off into the wilderness. I'll be honest: King's Men is currently a disaster. But I'm trying, I promise. Whereas Raven got stuck on a major arc (3 guesses as to which set of chapters were the hardest to write?), King hinges on a decision that I have to make in chapter one. I can't skip that part and come back later when I'm inspired; the story literally cannot proceed until this is set in stone. My goal for the week is to finally figure out which way I'm jumping.

Speaking of goals, here's a couple more for you:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Raven King

+ What's on: Dream Within a Dream, by The Glitch Mob

The Raven King

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they've always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn't give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don't have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil's fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil's days are numbered, but he's learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won't believe in himself.

Many thanks to KM, who took my wreck of a summary and finally made it into something worthwhile. ♥

Monday, July 8, 2013

all that I feel is the realness I'm faking

+ What's on: Shattered, by OAR

I keep trying to think of something interesting to say about The Raven King, but I've got nothing.I'm so lost for ideas, I started this entry five days ago. Obviously I never got very far. Keep getting distracted/stopped by other things, including a thunderstorm this evening that caused brown-outs.

I spent a small chunk of this weekend finally putting together The Raven King's cover. The cover almost caused a last minute panic, because my sister no longer has access to the program she needed to make the Raven mascot a vector image. I ended up resizing & sharpening it as-is, and I think it held up decently, but...

Still don't have a book description, and I'm fast running out of time. I've got 8 pages of sample sentences, though. Before Wednesday morning I'll have to compile 'em into something real.